Student Loans for International and Study Abroad Students

If you are looking for a student loan to fund your international education, we can help. Whether you are an international student in the US or a US student studying abroad — finding a student loan doesn't have to be difficult and with our student loan comparison tool you can find the right loan in seconds — and then apply online.

Why International Student Loans?

Studying overseas is expensive, and many students struggle to fund their international studies. Scholarships and grants are available, but they are very competitive and rarely cover all of your expenses. A loan can cover up to the total cost of attendance, as determined by your school, minus any other aid received.

Here are just a few of the costs your international student loan will cover:
  • Tuition
  • Room and board
  • Books and supplies
  • Travel and transportation
  • Health insurance
  • Living expenses

Even if you already have been awarded financial aid, you may find that you are still coming up short. In cases like these, international student loans can cover the difference – or they can cover the total cost of your education.

Responsible Student Borrowing

International student loans provide a convenient way for students to borrow money and fund their education. Students will be expected to pay back the total amount of money borrowed plus an additional cost (determined by your interest rate). You should be aware of the terms and conditions to ensure that you have ability to pay back your loan. Learn more about responsible student borrowing.

Importance of a Cosigner

A cosigner is a person who is legally-bound on a loan application to pay the outstanding debt in case the applicant is unable to pay. Almost all loans for non-US citizens and most US students are required to have a cosigner to secure a loan. Your cosigner must be a US citizen or US permanent resident with good credit who has lived in the US for the past 2 years. When a cosigner is required, it can improve the likelihood of approval and can decrease your interest rate. However, no cosigner loans are available to students at select colleges and universities. Learn more about how to find a cosigner.

Loans without a cosigner are available at select US and Canada schools

If you are an international student applying to or enrolled at select schools in the US and now select schools in Canada, and you meet the lender’s criteria, you may be eligible for a no-cosigner loan.

More information about no-cosigner loans for international students can be found on the no-cosigner loans page.

You can find all eligible schools in the US and Canada here: